Reviewer:Lafayette Community Church -
December 19, 2012 Subject:
I understand that some people may perceive this as "hate speech," and there certainly are churches out there promoting anti-gay sentiments, but I honestly don't think someone could seriously listen to this message and conclude that we are a church that is either anti-gay or speaking "hate."
Let me just simply say these few points to reflect our church's beliefs:
Jesus loves gay people and so do we.
God created sexual intimacy for the confines of marriage.
Marriage was created by God for a man and a woman.
The point of this message is to say that ALL expressions of sexuality outside of marriage are contrary to God's created will for people. As a church, we stand opposed to pre-marital and extra-marital sexuality of any form.
So with that said, I also want to reaffirm that I love gay people and even have some gay friends. That's why I feel deep sadness that there are people in this world who will never experience God-honoring sexual intimacy because the door to heterosexual marriage is closed to them. At the same time, I feel deep admiration for those (like one of my gay friends) who have willingly adopted a celibate lifestyle rather than dishonor God's created plan for marriage.
As a church, we believe it is not hateful to help people find fulfillment in becoming what they were created to be.
December 18, 2012 Subject: